Marburg haemorrhagic fever outbreak continues in Uganda (update)

As of November 23rd, a total of 20 cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever have been reported from 4 districts in Uganda (Kabale, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kampala). There have been 9 deaths. Any traveller in the affected areas should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body) for deceased patients, close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or within hospitals through contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons.

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